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H.B. 284





Chief Sponsor: Keven J. Stratton

Senate Sponsor: Evan J. Vickers

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions relating to net metering of electricity.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    modifies a definition applicable to the net metering of electricity so that an electrical
             13      corporation's net metering tariff or rate schedule may define a billing cycle other
             14      than a cycle starting on April 1 of one year and ending on March 31 of the following
             15      year.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          54-15-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 302
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 54-15-102 is amended to read:
             26           54-15-102. Definitions.
             27          As used in this chapter:

             28          (1) "Annualized billing period" means:
             29          (a) a 12-month billing cycle beginning on April 1 of one year and ending on March 31
             30      of the following year[.]; or
             31          (b) a 12-month billing cycle as defined by an electrical corporation's net metering tariff
             32      or rate schedule.
             33          (2) "Customer-generated electricity" means electricity that:
             34          (a) is generated by a customer generation system for a customer participating in a net
             35      metering program;
             36          (b) exceeds the electricity the customer needs for the customer's own use; and
             37          (c) is supplied to the electrical corporation administering the net metering program.
             38          (3) "Customer generation system":
             39          (a) means an eligible facility that is used to supply energy to or for a specific customer
             40      that:
             41          (i) has a generating capacity of:
             42          (A) not more than 25 kilowatts for a residential facility; or
             43          (B) not more than two megawatts for a non-residential facility, unless the governing
             44      authority approves a greater generation capacity;
             45          (ii) is located on, or adjacent to, the premises of the electrical corporation's customer,
             46      subject to the electrical corporation's service requirements;
             47          (iii) operates in parallel and is interconnected with the electrical corporation's
             48      distribution facilities;
             49          (iv) is intended primarily to offset part or all of the customer's requirements for
             50      electricity; and
             51          (v) is controlled by an inverter or switchgear; and
             52          (b) includes an electric generator and its accompanying equipment package.
             53          (4) "Eligible facility" means a facility that uses energy derived from one of the
             54      following to generate electricity:
             55          (a) solar photovoltaic and solar thermal energy;
             56          (b) wind energy;
             57          (c) hydrogen;
             58          (d) organic waste;

             59          (e) hydroelectric energy;
             60          (f) waste gas and waste heat capture or recovery;
             61          (g) biomass and biomass byproducts, except for the combustion of:
             62          (i) wood that has been treated with chemical preservatives such as creosote,
             63      pentachlorophenol, or chromated copper arsenate; or
             64          (ii) municipal waste in a solid form;
             65          (h) forest or rangeland woody debris from harvesting or thinning conducted to improve
             66      forest or rangeland ecological health and to reduce wildfire risk;
             67          (i) agricultural residues;
             68          (j) dedicated energy crops;
             69          (k) landfill gas or biogas produced from organic matter, wastewater, anaerobic
             70      digesters, or municipal solid waste; or
             71          (l) geothermal energy.
             72          (5) "Equipment package" means a group of components connecting an electric
             73      generator to an electric distribution system, including all interface equipment and the interface
             74      equipment's controls, switchgear, inverter, and other interface devices.
             75          (6) "Excess customer-generated electricity" means the amount of customer-generated
             76      electricity in excess of the customer's consumption from the customer generation system during
             77      a monthly billing period, as measured at the electrical corporation's meter.
             78          (7) "Fuel cell" means a device in which the energy of a reaction between a fuel and an
             79      oxidant is converted directly and continuously into electrical energy.
             80          (8) "Governing authority" means:
             81          (a) for a distribution electrical cooperative, its board of directors; and
             82          (b) for each other electrical corporation, the Public Service Commission.
             83          (9) "Inverter" means a device that:
             84          (a) converts direct current power into alternating current power that is compatible with
             85      power generated by an electrical corporation; and
             86          (b) has been designed, tested, and UL certified to UL1741 and installed and operated in
             87      accordance with IEEE1547 standards.
             88          (10) "Net electricity" means the difference, as measured at the meter owned by the
             89      electrical corporation between:

             90          (a) the amount of electricity that an electrical corporation supplies to a customer
             91      participating in a net metering program; and
             92          (b) the amount of customer-generated electricity delivered to the electrical corporation.
             93          (11) "Net metering" means measuring the amount of net electricity for the applicable
             94      billing period.
             95          (12) "Net metering program" means a program administered by an electrical
             96      corporation whereby a customer with a customer generation system may:
             97          (a) generate electricity primarily for the customer's own use;
             98          (b) supply customer-generated electricity to the electrical corporation; and
             99          (c) if net metering results in excess customer-generated electricity during a billing
             100      period, receive a credit under Section 54-15-104 .
             101          (13) "Switchgear" means the combination of electrical disconnects, fuses, or circuit
             102      breakers:
             103          (a) used to:
             104          (i) isolate electrical equipment; and
             105          (ii) de-energize equipment to allow work to be performed or faults downstream to be
             106      cleared; and
             107          (b) that is:
             108          (i) designed, tested, and UL certified to UL1741; and
             109          (ii) installed and operated in accordance with IEEE1547 standards.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-25-13 10:33 AM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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